The USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) helped the financially constrained youth to continue education and contribute to economic development of the society. Under this program, USAID provide scholarships to academically gifted and financially disadvantaged students from all areas of Pakistan for bachelor's or master's degree with technical assistance and standardize the administration of scholarship programs at 21 partner universities.
The scholarship covers full tuition and stipends to talented yet economically disadvantaged youth. The scholarships also cover student housing, textbooks, a food stipend, and tuition. Programs under MNBSP include business, agriculture, social sciences, medical, and engineering.
The scholarship program provides access to higher education for students with academic promise, but who may not be able to afford it without support.
Only a few years ago, Priya’s life was very different. While her father always envisioned that she would break down barriers and succeed as a professional, their circumstances made achieving this vision unlikely. To leave home for higher educationor to work in the corporate sector was still considered taboo for women in their community. To make matters more difficult, few families had the resources to pay for higher education.